September 23, 2012:
Round 25 of the premier league "effodeildin":
B68 Toftir - ÍF Fuglafjørður 0-0
Having occupied the top spot for a week, ÍF dropped back to second place in the table again after a stalemate against relegation-threatened B68 and title hopes now depends on EB/Streymur dropping points in the two remaining fixtures of the league. But the surprise point for B68 mattered little for them as TB Tvøroyri bagged three points against NSÍ Runavík.
ÍF started strongly and went close to taking the lead in the first five minutes of the game, but for once, league top scorer Clayton Soares squandered the opportunity which looked like a certain goal. The rest of the half was a more even affair, but in the second half ÍF upped the pressure and a goal looked imminent.
However, it turned out to be one of those days when the ball just refuses to cross the goal line and chance after chance went begging. And late in the match B68 were close to snatching the victory, but Oddur Højgaard wasted a golden opportunity.
ÍF’s hopes for the title now rely on B68 repeating today’s result against EB/Streymur next Sunday where B68 will have to get at least a point to avoid relegation – although another opportunity also exists for B68, but where they then will have to beat TB Tvøroyri by 3 or 4 goals on away soil in the last match of the season (depending on how much TB would lose against HB Tórshavn next Sunday – where a TB-loss is not a certainty as TB fight at the moment). B68 currently trail TB by 3 points who also have a superior goal difference of 7. B68 will be without influential midfielder Jann Ingi Petersen for their next match – and possibly both of the remaining matches – as he received a stupid red card towards the end of the game.
Víkingur - EB/Streymur 2-3 (0-2)
0-1 Levi Hanssen
0-2 Arnbjørn Hansen
0-3 Arnbjørn Hansen
2-3 Hjartvard Hansen
The end result could indicate a thriller, but the final score flatters Víkingur who had very little to offer except from their two goals towards the end of the game.
EB/Streymur took the lead midway through the first half when Hans Pauli Samuelsen set up Levi Hanssen to make it 1-0 before Hanssen became provider 8 minutes later when his through-ball beat the offside trap and allowed Arnbjørn Hansen to get clear on goal to double the lead.
When Hansen made it 3-0 midway through the second half, it was game over although Víkingur scored twice in the dying moments, the first one from Joseph Bassene and then in added time through Hjartvard Hansen.
EB/Streymur now only need two wins to secure the title; first on away soil against relegation-threatened B68 Toftir who earned an unexpected draw against ÍF Fuglafjørður today. Should EB/Streymur overcome B68, the last hurdle will be at home against NSÍ Runavík who won the home fixture against EB/Streymur and only lost by a single goal in the first away-fixture, so anything can happen…
KÍ Klaksvík - B36 Tórshavn 3-4 (2-2)
0-1 Rasmus Dan Sørensen
0-2 Súni Olsen
1-2 Páll Klettskarð
2-2 Andy Olsen
2-3 Atli Danielsen (pen)
2-4 Lukasz Cieslewicz
3-4 Páll Klettskarð
After KÍ had made the better start, B36 scored two goals in four minutes through Rasmus Dan Sørensen and Súni Olsen, but KÍ fought back and restored parity within a quarter of an hour through Páll Klettskarð and Andy Olsen.
The frenzy pace continued from the start of the second half and within 10 minutes B36 had restored their two-goal cushion. Atli Danielsen first converted from the penalty spot after KÍ goalkeeper Andras Gango had floored a B36-forward and shortly after Lukasz Cieslewicz made it 4-2 to the visitors when he poked in from a scramble.
Although KÍ pulled a goal back with 5 minutes remaining, it was too late to salvage anything from the game.
With the loss, KÍ’s European spot (through their 3rd place in the table) has now come into jeopardy as HB Tórshavn now trail them by only a point and have a superior goal difference.
NSÍ Runavík - TB Tvøroyri 0-1 (0-0)
0-1 Milan Kuljic
TB recorded their first away win of the season which could be the difference between survival and relegation, because rivals B68 will now have to get at least a point against EB/Streymur in order to have a realistic chance of survival.
TB coach Milan Kuljic, who hasn’t been playing until recent matches, gave himself orders to come on after 72 minutes, and a minute later he had had been played clear to score the winning goal of the match. Some substitution!
FC Suðuroy - HB Tórshavn 0-4 (0-2)
0-1 Christian R. Mouritsen
0-2 Fróði Benjaminsen
0-3 Gunnar Haraldsen
0-4 Alex dos Santos
With a comfortable 4-0 win over rock bottom HB climbed to 4th in the table and are now just within a point of KÍ Klaksvík and European football next summer. – But whether Faroese clubs – except if they earn money from it – really are so interested in the Europa League is questionable as their first reaction after the draw has been made, is usually something like: "Oh no, what a boring draw! We don’t look forward to play against such an unknown team. We deserve to get Barcelona!"
HB were leading 2-0 after 18 minutes; the first an easy finish from Christian R. Mouritsen from close range and the second a well placed drive from Fróði Benjaminsen.
HB were in full control during the second half, but didn’t score again until the 84th minute when Gunnar Haraldsen netted from a rebound after an initial save from a long range effort.
Two minutes from the end of normal time, Alex dos Santos scored with an excellent shot from the distance.